Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid will live out a childhood dream on Monday night.
The New Jersey backup will start for the Devils on Monday, when they battle the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, a hockey barn he is quite familiar with. Kinkaid grew up on Long Island in Farmingville — a roughly 40-minute drive from the Coliseum — and has spent his whole life going to Islander games. His dad was even a season ticket holder at one point, though not anymore.
“It’s always been my dream to play on that ice,” Kinkaid said. “It’s a dream come true to play on the ice I grew up watching all the time. It’s going to be a fun atmosphere.”
Monday’s game will be Kinkaid’s fifth appearance this season for the Devils and just his second NHL start. He is 0-1-1 in four games, with a 1.64 goals against average and .943 save percentage. Kinkaid was 7-2-3 in 13 games with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.
The 25-year old came into Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars and made three saves. To read more of this story, click here
Devils head coach Pete DeBoer hasn’t lost the locker room just yet (Gulitti, Dec. 15).
If GM Lou Lamoriello is considering a coaching change, veteran Jaromir Jagr said that would be a mistake.
“That would be one of the biggest mistakes they could make,” he said. “To be honest with you, without our coaches and the system we play, it would be a lot worse.”
The Devils are 11-15-5 and five points out of a playoff spot.
The New Jersey Devils and Damien Brunner reached an agreement Friday.
The 27-year-old forward cleared unconditional waivers and he and the Devils will terminate his contract (NHL, Dec 12).
Brunner, who had two goals and seven points in 17 games this season, has signed a contract with HC Lugano in Switzerland.
Recap: The Devils lost to the Flyers on Thursday night in Philadelphia.
Need to Know: During a delayed penalty on the Devils, Sean Couturier scored a shorthanded goal to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead at the 6:12 mark of the first period. Later in the period, Matt Read beat Cory Schneider to extend Philadelphia’s advantage to 2-0.
With just under seven minutes to go in the second period, Martin Havlat scored a power play goal to cut New Jersey’s deficit to 2-1.
The Flyers carried the play in the third period, and a power play goal by Wayne Simmonds with just over four minutes to go in the game put the Flyers up 3-1. Philadelphia added a shorthanded goal with 2:30 left to put the game out of reach.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils travel to Dallas to play the Stars on Saturday night at 8:30.
Devils players Travis Zajac and Adam Larsson have been diagnosed with mumps.
Zajac is said to have recovered and has resumed skating with the team, Larsson is in isolation (Gulitti, Dec. 10).
“Travis had it, but he’s over it,” GM Lou Lamoriello said. “This only came about the last two days. Adam is on the recovery period right now, from what the doctors said.”
The Devils announced Tuesday that they have placed forward Patrik Elias on injured reserve after he re-aggravated a groin injury (SI.com, Dec. 9).
Elias returned to the ice on Saturday against the Capitals after missing last Thursday’s game against Toronto with a sore groin. But the 38-year-old didn’t last long as he re-aggravated the injury in the game against Washington.
New Jersey recalled center Reid Boucher from Albany to take over for Elias, the team’s second leading scorer last season despite only playing 65 games.
Recap: The Devils beat the Blackhawks on Tuesday night at the Prudential center.
Need to Know: The Devils grabbed a 1-0 lead when Jordin Tootoo‘s wrist shot beat Scott Darling late in the first period.
With the Blackhawks applying most of the pressure in the second period, they got even at the 10:55 mark when Bryan Bickell beat Keith Kinkaid, who was making his first career start in net for the Devils, to make it 1-1.
Stephen Gionta knocked in a rebound early in the third period to put the Devils up by the score of 2-1.
With roughly three minutes to go in the third, Duncan Keith put a rebound past Kinkaid to even things, 2-2.
After a scoreless overtime period, the Blackhawks tallied the only two goals in the shootout en route to the victory.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils travel to Philadelphia to play the Flyers on Thursday at 7.